Literature and Culture

Casa Italiana offers also classes to enrich the knowledge of the Italian culture and literature. 

Each semester there is a new, fascinating course! From Italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".

LA MISURA DELL'UOMO by Marco Malvaldi

In order to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, we will read “La Misura dell’uomo” by Marco Malvaldi.  This is not a biography of the great artist but rather an extraordinary novel that gives us insight into his life in Milan under the rule of Ludovico il Moro.  It is a story that reflects Leonardo’s knowledge and discoveries with some ironic elements as well.  The novel takes us on a voyage to discover what is today, as it was in Leonardo’s time, the measure of man.

Tuition: $ 380 (12 weeks)

Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Liliana Lanzano

Starts:  Jan. 05 – March 29

by Andrea Camilleri

The detective Montalbano is “A delightful and honest man on Sicily’s mean streets”
While he is investigating the tragedy of the migrants in Vigalá (Sicily), another crime occurs which he must look into immediately.
Students discuss the book in class and do exercises reviewing grammar.

Tuition: $ 380 (12 weeks)


Sec. Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish

Starts:  Jan. 05 – March 29


The author reveals Raffaello’s full passion for life and happiness which carried him to the heights of his creativity.
Students will do research on Raffaello and contemporary artists.


Tuition: $ 380 (12 weeks)

Tue. 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish

Starts:  Jan. 07 – March 24

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Wednesday 11am - 7pm

Thursday  11am - 7pm

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